Full of Hell

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Who is Full of Hell?

Full of Hell is a band from Maryland and Pennsylvania that has been touring North America and Europe since 2010.

Can you give a brief history of the band for us?

The band formed in late 2009, without me. The singer left and I joined by early 2010, and we started writing and touring from there.

How wouldyou describe what Full of Hell sounds like?

I always have a hard time describing this. I once saw a flyer that described FOH as grind/metal/noise/punk/whatever. I like that.

Who have been your major influences musically?

As a collective unit we’ve always been very into Dystopia, His Hero Is Gone, Pageninetynine, GASP, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Discordance Axis, Napalm Death etc.. I personally take a lot of influence from Tom Waits.

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Alot of your merch and logos have very black metal-esque connotations, are bands like Darkthrone a big influence on Full of Hell’s existence?

I would say that there are definitely certain bands that could be considered black metal that have had an influence on us, and that definitely includes Darkthrone.

Culturally and philosophically, who has been an influence on the mindset of the band?

David Liebe Hart has given FOH a lot of insight into the struggles of every day life, of human existence. He helped us find faith in the Corinians.

What do you express in your lyrical content?

Human experience, I guess. It’s not really limited in scope or subject. The majority of the lyrics are introspective, but it isn’t limited to just that. I want to express the pain of living, and the beauty therein, if that makes any sense at all.

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Can you list the records you have release so far?

The Inevitable Fear of Existence 7″ – Get This Right Rec (2010)

Goldust split 7″ – Get This Right Rec (2011)

Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home – A389 Recordings (2011)

Code Orange Kids split 7″ – Topshelf Rec (2012)

The Guilt of… split 7″ – A389 Recordings (2012)

Calm the Fire split 7″ – Holy Roar Rec (2012)

FOH NOISE VOL 1 – Ghosts Collective (2010)

FOH NOISE VOL 2 – Split Scene Collective (2011)

FOH NOISE VOL 3 – Arctic Night Rec (2012)

How is it working with a label such as A389?

It couldn’t be any better. I firmly believe that A389 is run by the most honest and cool guy around.

Has having these associations with Integrity and Dwid, developed your sound a bit more?

I wouldn’t say that it has. We are all honored to be counted alongside those bands and really enjoy the opportunity to play together, but for the most part we’re on a different wave length entirely.

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Are you working on any new material currently?

We are busy completing our 2nd LP right now, actually.

What could we expect from new Full of Hell?

We’ve learned so much over the past year and a half since the release of our first LP. I think the new material is infinitely, leaps and bounds ahead of anything we’ve done so far. We’re excited to record.

How would you describe the FoH live experience?

Again, I can’t answer for the whole band, but we just try and carry ourselves like the band that we would want to see. I don’t know how to describe the live experience, but in theory, it is meant to be loud, painful and passionate.

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Is energy and presence important to effectively deliver this style of music?

In every case, YES. Even when you are watching a band that creeps along so slowly, they are still exuding strong energy. No one wants to watch a band that isn’t passionate about what they are doing.

Do you have any plans to tour in Australia?

No direct plans, only a strong desire to do so. As soon as the opportunity arises, we will make it over!

Can you recommend some bands from your area we may not have heard of before?

Old Accusers, Knife Hits, Orphan Donor

Thanks very much for your time, any last thoughts?

Thank you for the interview! My thoughts go out to Dave Bland.

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Wayfarer

 

Who is Wayfarer?

Wayfarer is myself, Pat & Tom who run Carry The Weight Records, Andy, and FRZA.

Can you give a brief history of the band?

Back in 2006, I started writing lyrics for a band that I wanted to sound like Integrity, but it wasn’t until summer 2008 that myself and Pat actually sat down and started making very rough demo recordings of the first couple of songs that would appear on the 12″. I chucked a lot of my original lyrics out for being too infantile and cliched, but kept the ones that had the Norse/Anglo-Saxon content, because it felt like I was doing something with a degree more originality there. We managed to complete a line-up in 2009, which is when the band effectively became active, and since then have released a 12″, a split 7″ with Rot In Hell, a 7″ picture disc, and a tape/book boxset, as well as a full European tour in 2010, and a tour of Scandinavia last summer.

How would you describe the Wayfarer sound?

Constantly evolving I guess. Obviously, the key influences at the start were Integ and Ringworm, so there’s always going to be a strong Clevo element to the band, and at our first full practice we all noted a shared love of Fall Of Efrafa, which is why the songs tend to be long, with protracted and elaborate build-ups. When we write we tend to look to other genres/sub-genres for inspiration though, and over the past few releases I’d say that 90s metalcore and black metal have modified the sound a bit, there’s more tremolo picking now, more double-kick and blast beats.

 

You draw alot of inspiration from Norse mythology and folklore, can you elaborate on this?

It basically comes from a childhood love of Tolkien, which in turn led me to read Old English poetry and the various Sagas and Eddas, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I try and re-read stuff in my collection on a fairly regular basis to try and look for stuff that I’ve missed, and from time to time I’ll come across something I haven’t read before. Then, with that I try and take the basic idea and run with it a bit, use certain concepts as analogies, even use Old English/Norse in the lyrics from time to time, and try and create something that’s both original and in the spirit of the medieval texts.

Would you consider yourselves a concept band?

Hahaha, whenever I think of concept bands, I think of power metal, stuff like Blind Guardian (who I love, by the way). I don’t think of Wayfarer in that vein really, more as a band where most of our output has an ongoing thematic link. I try not to use Norse/Anglo-Saxon content for the sake of it, and the ‘Letumus Cathari’ 7″ we did was about a crusade in South-Eastern France in the early 13th century, just to mix things up a bit. That was a concept record though, so make of that what you will, I guess.

 

What aspects of the Prose Edda and Nordic history appeals to you?

This is probably the hardest question I have to answer. I don’t think I can answer it simply, it’s been a part of my life for so long now that I don’t think I can put how I feel about it now into words. I think in the beginning, it was just that I loved the epic tales of heroes and their deeds, but now I feel like the figures in both literature and history reflect many qualities that I consider myself to have, or that I think are admirable. The fact that I study Medieval History at university helps too, I guess, it lets me try and hammer a career out of the stuff that I read for fun.

Do you draw influence from modern sociopolitical thoughts as well? If so, what issues do you cover?

We do, though we try hard to make Wayfarer an explicitly political band, the driving ideology behind it is deeply political. The analogies are there for people to interpret as they will, I don’t feel like I need to cram the meaning down people’s throats, but we make suggestions to people of which authors to read if they want to get an insight into our political/philosophical beliefs. For me, the most important element of our ideology is ecological, though we all individually have varying degrees of opinion over how/what can be done about how destructive human existence is to everything else. For my part at least, my world view has been heavily coloured by reading ‘Can Life Prevail?’ by Pentti Linkola, and I recommend all our listeners do the same. There’s also a great deal of philosophical content that we tried to elaborate on in the book we put out, thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche and Helena Petrova Blavatsky influenced the pieces that Pat and I wrote for it. We try to steer clear of anthropocentric political views like socialism/capitalism/fascism/etc because we believe that these views only attempt to deal with the symptoms of the larger underlying problems of humanity, that is, overpopulation and death anxiety.

 

Who has inspired you musically?

Most importantly, Integrity, Ringworm and Fall Of Efrafa, though we draw constant inspiration from other bands like Day Of Suffering, Prayer For Cleansing, Darkthrone, Pulling Teeth, Catharsis, Disembodied and Tragedy.

I’ve noticed alot of clevo style hardcore bands coming out of Kent in the last few years, can you shed any light and why this is the case?

I’m not really sure to be honest, I guess I’ve seen it as more of a general UK trend that’s occurred, but has sort of died out now. I can’t really say that I’ve given many of them the time of day apart from Rot In Hell, The Break In and Unholy Majesty to be honest, it’s a style that tends to be lyrically and aesthetically stagnant with too much talk of Satan, Manson and inverted crosses daubed on everything to be particularly interesting to me. The aforementioned bands managed to navigate around these cliches, representing the Clevo sound in a much more interesting way.

Carry The Weight seem to be a pivotal part of UK hardcore at the moment, how have you found working with the label?

Having Pat and Tom in the band and running the label at the same time has made things easy for us as a band, we never really had any popularity or hype surrounding us at the start, and I don’t think any UK label would have touched our first record with a bargepole, as it would have been too expensive for them to risk on an unknown entity. I’m really grateful to Pat and Tom for all the work they’ve done with the band, it’s given us a massive leg-up. As far as the impact on UKHC, I think it’s fair to say CTW has taken over from where Dead & Gone left off, putting out solid releases from UK, Euro and US bands. I’d say that the CTW Fests have been the best all-day shows each year they’ve been on, and having been told just one element of what they have planned, this year is going to be even better. I’m just glad Wayfarer gets to be a part of it.

 

Are you working on any new material currently?

We’re in the final stages of sorting out a US label to release an upcoming 7″, followed shortly after by our first proper full-length, which we’re really excited about. I think we’ll get much more progress made on it over summer while Pat and I don’t have university commitments.

What can people expect to hear from a new Wayfarer release?

The 7″ will show off the 90s influences that were present on the tape released a few months ago, with shorter, harder songs that won’t appear on the full-length and a cover. The full-length will be much more diverse, with long instrumental sections and much more borrowing from other genres, while keeping its hardcore sensibilities.

How would you describe the Wayfarer live performance?

Rare, but always competent. Fortunately I have a bunch of great musicians backing me up, which has improved my confidence over the past couple of years, so I’d say that our set is consistently good from a technical point of view, and we try and give it everything whenever we play. The real variable is the crowd reaction more than anything else, sometimes people just stand with folded arms, sometimes we get people belting the shit out of each other, and I’m never able to call which it might be before we play. I like how unpredictable it is, and how sometimes people are caught completely off guard.

Taipan

 

Who is Taipan?

MIKE, the budgie lunged chirper; DIZZY, riffs; GARRY, other guitar, RICK, me; BENNY, double kicks.

How would you describe Taipan’s music?

B-boy satanic crossover power grunge

What does Taipan represent as a band?

Bad boys the world over and people interested in snakes.

Who have been your biggest influences musically?

There’s probably nothing that the whole band could agree on but DARKTHRONE is a staple oh and DISCHARGE.

What motivates you on a cultural level?

Lots of things, I’m big on graffiti, history, Australian culture through history, animals, art, cinema, lots of shit man, MIND CORRUPTION.

 

Is playing live the most important aspect of Taipan?

Yeah it probably was but not in the sense of playing the show but more just getting to hang out, get loose and drink together.

What does a usual Taipan live show involve?

Could be anything we have boring shows where we’re not really into it and other shows are a real buzz and are off the hinges. It really depends on the crowd, its more what they want to happen, if they want to let loose and go wild we encourage that, if they just want to stand there and watch we don’t care either.

Was this the cause of you being banned from playing shows in Sydney?

Yeah pretty much. I never blame the crowds though, I always blame the venues, they’re fuckin’ toy.

What are your thoughts on the currant state of Australian hardcore?

Pretty dismal. Cunts need to chill and just make rad music. Save the politics for the picket lines not the shows. Not saying that people should just be drunken morons but there is room for differing opinions without having to label people and make a crab vibe.

Do you enjoy getting out on the road and touring?

Nah, it sux. I like playing other towns though.

 

How did you find Perth when you made the trek over last year?

Perth is killer! I loved Perth man, I didn’t wanna leave. I like the way they do it over there, good ratio of party violence to PC. Shout outs to micky and the SUFFER crew.

Are you working on any new material currently?

We’ve got all the material for a 7″ now but we stagnated on that shit too long and now we’re just gonna do a final show and call it a day.

What can people expect from a new Taipan record?

Boredom hahaha I dunno more mid-paced dirge riffs.

Thanks for your time, any final thoughts?

Cheers Mike thanx for the interview lad. shouts to RORT, SOMA COMA, GUTTER GODS they’re gonna be coming up here for a show in late July and DISINFECT will be putting out some SOMA COMA shit in the future, listen to those bands. Outta here.

 

From Ashes Rise

 

Who is From Ashes Rise?

From Ashes Rise is:  Dave Atchison on drums, Derek Willman on bass, and John Wilkerson shares guitar and vocal duties with me, Brad Boatright.

Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Ah, the brief history question!  I’m terrible at summaries and have a tendency to be long winded, but here goes…  We started in Nashville, TN in January of 1997, recorded a demo soon after that, released a 7″ on Clean Plate records in ’98, a 7″ on Partners In Crime in ’99, then recorded a couple of LPs for Feral Ward while touring, which we did a lot.  Moved to Portland in late 2001, released a split LP with Victims, from Sweden, continued to tour, released Nightmares in 2003 on Jade Tree, kept touring, called it quits in 2005 for what turned out to just be a hiatus, started up again in 2009, played a few gigs, wrote some new stuff, and in January of 2012 recorded a new 7″ for Southern Lord Records.

 

Having formed in the late 90’s, how has the music scene changed in the last 15 or so years?

It’s really changed in a way that has been influenced by the rapid growth of technology and speed of communication.  The pool of influence for any band or musician has grown exponentially, and become much more accessible with the amount of information available to us.  Personally, I think it’s a great time for music itself.  I think the medium is in a period of transition, with CDs beginning to head toward the exit.  Tape-trading has been replaced with file sharing, and hopefully the tradition of supplementing this by maintaining a healthy level of vinyl production and consumption will continue.

What does From Ashes Rise stand for as a band?

Creativity, motivation, progress, and spirit.

What motivates you to keep writing and producing music of this nature?

It’s for the love of sound, the catharsis of playing this kind of music, and of writing our lyrics.  The feeling of standing in front of a cranked guitar amp.  We’re motivated by an infinite amount of experiences, both daily and cumulative- by what we see, read, hear, feel… by others who came before, and those who inspire us as contemporaries.

 

Trying to avoid a really bad pun, was it difficult to resurrect the band from it’s hiatus after 2005?

Not really, it just ended up being perfect timing since everyone was at a point where we could get together and focus more on the band.

Was this time away important for you to work on other projects?

Absolutely, not only important to work on other projects musically, but to work on other things in life in general.  I think From Ashes Rise is a better band because of the time off More energy with a wider pool of influences from life, and more fun in general.

Do you think it’s important for musicians in any genre to branch out and work in different projects?

I wouldn’t say it’s critical, but sometimes it can help funnel certain influences toward a particular project.  It’s especially helpful if someone is part of a musical endeavour that tends to be progressive and more artistic, but wants to do something purely derivative.

Did it feel good to get back on the road and into the studio as From Ashes Rise again?

Definitely.  We did a lot of touring, so I doubt we’ll do any major jaunts soon, but playing out of town shows feels great.  I’m a huge fan of being in a studio environment, so personally that’s probably the biggest milestone since the reformation. The studio felt great.

 

Are you working on any new material currently?

Yes, we’re currently in the slow process of writing songs for an LP.

What can people expect to hear from a new From Ashes Rise release?

More of the same, and more of the new. It’ll definitely be a progression from previous recordings, but retain who and what we are.

How would you describe a From Ashes Rise live performance?

We try to unleash as much energy as we can, and show as much of our passion for this music in our live sets.

Over the years, you’ve had the privelege of working with so many artists and labels, having recently released a 7″ on Southern Lord too. Does working with

so many talented and knowledgeable people help you with your own musical endeavours, namely Audioseige?

Absolutely, Playing music and being involved with music has led to so many amazing relationships over the years.

 

What motivated you to take that leap into running your own label?

It came out of the blue honestly, Audiosiege is my studio, and Rayny from Moshpit Tragedy asked me if I was into having an imprint label.  Since it’s download only, and I’m already busy about 28 hours out of the day, it’s a fairly easy thing to run.

Can you tell us what Audioseige is trying to achieve as a relatively new label?

Ten releases into it, the motivation has really been to spotlight many of the amazing bands that I’ve had the fortune to discover in working on music from an engineering standpoint.

In becoming an affiliate with Moshpit Tragedy, did the concept of only downloadable releases appeal to your own ambitions as a label?

Well it’s certainly easier for everyone!  I believe each release should have a physical counterpart, and each physical medium should have a portable counterpart.  When cassettes were the thing, you’d buy a pack of recordable tapes and copy your vinyl records so you could play ’em in the car. Then with CDs, the lines between portable and stationary mediums became a bit skewed.  My hope is that with the death of the CD we’ll see a big return to vinyl with download cards piggybacking them for portability.

 

Is it a bit easier to not have to deal with physical releases and all the hassles that can come with that logistically?

Absolutely.  Especially since I hate going to the post office.

What do you look for in new artists to release and support?

I look for originality, passion, and good spirits.

Who should we be keeping an eye out for at the moment?

Sarabante, Iron Cages, Seas Will Rise, Autarch, any of the bands on Audiosiege Media honestly! hehe…

Thank you very much for your time, any final thoughts?

Thanks for the patience in waiting for my ultra late responses!  Unleash!

 

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